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London ladies are All-Ireland champions!

PUBLISHED: 16:30 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 13:22 24 August 2010

Green machine... The victorious London team celebrate their All-Ireland triumph.

Green machine... The victorious London team celebrate their All-Ireland triumph.

LONDON are this year's All-Ireland Junior Football champions after a thoroughly deserved six-point victory over Derry at a sunny Croke Park last Sunday. After narrowly losing last year's decider to Kilkenny, the Exiles bridged a gap...

LONDON 5-5

DERRY 1-11

LONDON are this year's All-Ireland Junior Football champions after a thoroughly deserved six-point victory over Derry at a sunny Croke Park last Sunday.

After narrowly losing last year's decider to Kilkenny, the Exiles bridged a gap of 15 years since winning their last and only All-Ireland title when they defeated Donegal in 1993.

But it was third time lucky for Johnny Wilson's heroines who had already been beaten by the Oak-Leaf County side twice previously this year, including in an early round of the championship.

But London were never going to come off second best on this occasion after a superb first half display saw them score three of their five goals.

Three of the goals came from the boot of full forward and Limerick girl Linda Lodge with corner forward Deirdre O'Riordan scoring the first after four minutes followed by the first of Lodge's hat-trick just two minutes later.

However it was the performance of Watford-born Hannah Noonan that really caught the eye.

The teenager gave a player-of-the-match performance which included scoring 1-2 and London's fifth goal with eleven minutes remaining.

Leading by 3-3 to 0-5 at the interval, it was a much closer contest in the second half but London never looked in any danger despite Derry reducing the margin to four points just a minute before Noonan's decisive strike.

London's performance was far from a one player show with heroines in green and navy throughout the park.

Apart from Noonan and Lodge in attack, Bree White and Shauna Keogh never stopped trying to make things happen.

Midfielders Natalie O'Connor and Liverpool- born Anne Marie Mohan provided the perfect launch for this famous victory while defenders Sinead Daly and Monica Jordan forged an impregnable spine to the team. They could have won by more than the eventual six-point margin.

London: Rosie Cusack; Anne Murphy, Sinead Daly (c), Roisin McEvoy; Linda Tighe, Monica Jordan, Niamh Keane; Natalie O'Connor, Anne Marie Mohan; Hannah Noonan, Shauna Keogh, Claire Towey; Deirdre O'Riordan, Linda Lodge, Bree White. Subs: Anna McGillicuddy for Claire Towey, Gemma Taylor for Linda Tighe, Ciara Holland for Deirdre O'Riordan.


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